How Model Raelia Lewis Stays Fit ( Vegan Recipes including)

I get asked the same question all the time: “How do you stay so thin?”

Many people think I can’t gain weight, but contrary to popular belief I can. I was 20 pounds heavier than I am now due to poor eating habits in the past. Now, the extra pounds are off due to my new lifestyle and diet. I replaced fast food and junk food with foods that are yummy and healthy. I’ve never been a fan of crash diets. My diet is a transitioning process that involves cutting out anything that isn’t healthy and finding a similar but healthier alternative. I love pasta, but we all know that pasta can be fattening. Instead of a life without something I enjoy, I found a creative way to make a yummy pasta dish that includes vegan Alfredo sauce, spinach, and squash noodles. It’s less than half the calories of traditional Alfredo pasta ,but it tastes just as good:-) I have to be honest with you, I’m a foodie! I believe that life is supposed to be enjoyed, and food definitely brings me enjoyment. My goal is to live my best life however, and food is a defining factor in health and wellness. I enjoy my life through food in creative and healthy ways. I cut out meat two years ago, and I followed with fish, whole milk, yogurt, ice cream, soda and other junk foods. I cut things out of my diet at my own pace and that method really worked for me. Today, I’m a vegetarian but my goal is to go vegan. I loovveeee pizza, so i’m not in any rush just yet(the pizza keeps calling me)! Pizza is my cheat day meal for now. My normal diet is full of fruits, vegetables, and beans. Some of my favorite healthy dishes and snacks are:

 

Vegan buffalo tacos with Sweet potato fries

Recipe:

Fresh organic cauliflower

Buffalo sauce

Chili powder

Garlic

Organic

Olive oil

Wheat tortilla wrap

1 avocado

Spinach leaves

Organic ketchup( no high fructose corn syrup)

Pre-cut sweet potato fries(they’re fresh, not frozen)

I heat the oven to 425. I place washed cauliflower in a medium bowl with chili powder, garlic, and 1 cup of buffalo sauce. I make sure the cauliflower is completely coated before placing on a baking sheet with olive oil. I let it cook for 20 minutes.

When it’s done, I place the cauliflower inside tortilla wraps filled with spinach, and avocado:-)

I buy my pre cut sweet potato fries from my local Whole Foods Market. I season them with a small amount of olive oil and garlic and I bake them for 20 minutes.

I add organic ketchup to the fries and my meal is complete.

 

 

 

 

Vegan Alfredo pasta

I buy pre-cut squash noodles at my local Whole Foods Market. I found an amazing vegan red pepper Alfredo sauce there too! I sauté the squash noodles in olive oil or vegan butter for 15 minutes. I like my noodles soft. I add spinach, fresh garlic, chili powder, and vegan Alfredo sauce and mix everything together while the noodles are still cooking. This meal is so yummy.

 

 

Fruit sorbet:

I freeze an organic banana, strawberries and mangos overnight. The next day, I place the fruit in a blender and I add organic orange juice. The end result is a healthy sorbet that tastes just as good with no added sugar.

Green machine smoothie

 

This smoothie is a great meal replacement because it’s filling and it has all the required fruits and vegetable servings you need per day.

Recipe:

1 avocado

1 banana

2 cups of spinach

1 cup of kale

1 cup of frozen mangos

Almond milk

 

 

 

On cheat days, I end my night with this smoothie and it leaves me satisfied.

Remember the goal isn’t to be a size 2, the goal is to be the healthiest version of yourself. Your diet is more important than any workout routine. Make health your priority!

 

 

More info: Raelia Lewis is an international model, and Brand ambassador who appeared on the 21st cycle of America’s Next Top Model. She wrote two books “Trust Your Journey”, and “From Incarceration To Inspiration” that are available on Amazon and at RaeliaLewis.com

Connect with her today on Instagram @RaeliaLewis

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HOME IS WHERE THE BALANCE IS

The holidays are upon us and this is the 1st year in a long time my schedule has allowed me to spend it with my family at home in Florida. For the past few years, I remember sitting on FaceTime with the family, crying my eyes out. All I wanted to do was be home for the holidays.

This year, my prayers have been answered, but as I’ve learned in my growth as woman…

Be careful what you Pray for!

 

 

So much is different since I was last home for longer than a visit in between modeling jobs. My little sister is now married with two babies. My brother Christian, the youngest of my two siblings, just arrived home from serving in The US Marines. He’s not only larger in size, but so grownup, that now he’s giving me advice.

Everything around me, including my friends from School are changing at a rapid paste and just like their new realities, my life was also constantly growing. What I yearned for was ‘home,’ the familiar feeling from my memories untarnished by time.

The holiday blues again came over me like a hurricane of emotion. This time I longed for the life I escaped for the season. Most of all, I missed the freedom of the open road, the hustle and bustle of my busy schedule, and my tiny Nyc apartment. Although not my parents house, my apartment became my new home, a place I spent most of my spare time decorating with treasures from my travels, that always smelled of eucalyptus and lavender. It was a place that no matter what happened, no matter were in the world I landed, I could go back and shut everything and everyone out!

Although I really loved being at home in Florida, I craved some serenity and comfort from the home that a more grown up me had created, and gotten attached to.

I’ve learned in ones lifetime, one can in fact have many homes. It’s not just a place, it can be a feeling of peace that allows you to relax and be genuinely you. It’s actually simple to create your home away from home when you feel far away!

With my schedule, I’m not able to always be at home physically, but for my sanity I need to create a home away from home. The way I do it is with aromatherapy.

I keep essential oils and a body mist in either lavender or eucalyptus close to me no matter where I go. When I get anxious or home sick, the smell reminds me of being back in my cozy corner of the world. I close my eyes and whisper to myself, “you got this girl, home is within you” and I somehow I get the strength to keep it moving.

Last swim week, I had the pleasure of walking for one of my favorite swimwear designers Indah Swim. In the goodie bags they added a lavender rosemary body mist from ‘AIM Hi Everyday.

http://www.aimhieveryday.com/

The smell not only helped me to relax but reminded me of my apartment. As soon as I got home to Nyc, I sprayed everywhere! Now I always take it with me and in an instant I’m back home and balanced!

All I need are a few seconds to close my eyes and take in the relaxing mist to mentally rebalance my thoughts in the comfort of the home I’ve created in my mind!

 

I hope you all are being kind to yourself this holiday season. Let me know what types of things you do to recenter and regroup!

Happy Holidays!

Love Renee Bhagwandeen

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BrandSnob Features ReneeBigtime – An Influencer To Watch!

Hey Mafia, Check out my interview with one of the coolest influencer platforms BrandSnob!

RENEE BHAGWANDEEN

Trinidad-born supermodel, Renee Bhagwandeen is more than just a pretty face. The America’s Next Top Model is HUNGRY for success and we are excited to watch her as her journey continues. In addition to working on her blog ModelsMafia.com Renee continues her love for fashion with the launch of her shoe company, Sole Ties Shoe Shop.

She is definitely one to keep an eye on!

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING AND WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START?

In 2011 I had the opportunity to compete to become Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe. Shortly after I received a flood of questions about beauty, fitness, and my lifestyle choices. I started sharing my secrets and tips with my Facebook friends at the time, which blossomed into my blog ModelsMafia.com. Over the years my blog grew and evolved with me as I matured, as not only a way to share beauty and lifestyle advice, but a way to vent and invite my subscribers on my adventures as a model.

WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM BEING ON AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL?

America’s Next Top Model was definitely an interesting experience with loads of lessons for me. I did the show when I was unsure about the direction I wanted my career and life to take, so it helped me to develop a better sense of self and showed me how strong I could be when pushed to the limit. The biggest lesson I learned was the importance of branding and knowing your own personal brand.

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO SINCE THE SHOW?

Since the show I was blessed to take my career to levels I’ve only dreamed about. I’ve gotten to work with some of the most beautiful souls and traveled to magical places I’ll never forget. I even got to make my acting debut alongside ‘The Rock’ Dwane Johnson in Ballers last year, which opened so many doors for me to venture into.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

My personal style usually depends on the vibes I get from the city I’m in. Currently in South Florida, my style is a mix of Tomboy Chic with a sprinkle of tropical Barbie. The island girl inside me is always a constant and she loves shoes!!!

WHAT’S BEEN THE BEST INFLUENCER CAMPAIGN YOU’VE WORKED ON?

The best influencer campaign I’ve worked on was with Dark and Lovely by L’Oreal. It was all about individuality and celebrating strong, proud, natural women – things I hope more brands embrace.

YOUR SKIN IS FLAWLESS! WHAT IS YOUR SKIN CARE ROUTINE?

Why thank you! My skin care routine is simple. I drink loads of water or coconut water, and I try my best to remove my makeup before bed! When the climate is dry or cold I make sure my skin is properly moisturized, and if it’s humid and hot I exfoliate at least twice a week. The products I use depend on my mood, but my must have is a good face mask!

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT BRANDSNOB?

BrandSnob is my favorite influencer platform. It’s the easiest to use and is super user friendly. The fact that it’s an app helps me keep track of the brands I work with and stay organized.

WHERE CAN WE FOLLOW YOU?

Instagram

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